Chanteal Stapler was born in Bozeman, MT. She developed a love of dance from a young age but did not begin any formal dance training until age 11. It was at the Big Sky Dance Center in Bozeman where her joy for expression through dance was cultivated. To further her development she moved away from home at age 16 to train at the Queen City Ballet in Helena, MT where she continued to excel. She was awarded scholarships to summer intensives at the Point Park University, Milwaukee Ballet and Ballet Austin which served to broaden her perception of dance. In Helena she performed roles including the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Alice in Alice in Wonderland and The Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker.
Upon graduating high school she was offered a position to train and perform with the Atlanta Ballet Company. Chanteal performed a variety of pieces including Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Lauri Stalling’s world premier of the Great Gatsby and of course, the Nutcracker. During a summer intensive Chanteal performed Alonzo King’s ballet Signs and Wonders at the LINES Ballet in San Francisco, CA. In Atlanta, Chanteal had the opportunity to learn from a variety of talented instructors and choreographers including Christopher Hampson with the Scottish Ballet, Fernando Bujones with American Ballet Theatre, Miki Ohara with the Martha Graham Company, Stephen Pier with Julliard, as well as Darla Hoover and Robert Barnett with New York City Ballet.
Chanteal later married moving to Augusta, GA where she embarked on a new career course teaching adult ballet classes at the Medical College of Georgia. She also became a certified Power Pilates instructor teaching at multiple studios in Augusta.
Since moving back to Montana she has maintained her pilates certification and now teaches at the Billings YMCA. Chanteal is thrilled to join School of Classical Ballet in her role as a ballet instructor.
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This class is for students who are ready for increasingly challenging combinations while adding musicality, choreography, and artistry to their ballet technique.